Around the second bend I was joined with a beaver paddling through the water. I was about 15 feet from him as we paddled north, side by side. Nature has a good way of dodging the camera. I was with the beaver for maybe a quarter mile and saw him the whole way....except when I pulled the camera out. Maybe he didn't want me to share our experience, you had to be there.
I paddled about 3 1/2 hours before work Friday morning. It was a peaceful paddle and a great work out. This was also the furthest that I have made it in this section. Time seems to always be a factor for me. I dream of being able to get up and hit the river without having any time constraints. It will happen, but until then, I will take these mini escapes once in a while.